Great Wine Capitals

Bodegas Lecea in San Asensio is one of many underground wine cellars that lie underneath most of the villages in the Rioja region.  Sadly most of these cellars have fallen into disrepair if not completely destroyed.  Luis and his family are leading a movement to restore these old cellars that show an important part of Rioja's winemaking past.  The winery was awarded a 2018 Best Of Wine Tourism award for Architecture from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Masi recently won the Best of Wine Tourism 2017 award for accommodation, becoming part of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, “for creating a journey linked to experiencing wine that highlights every facet of it and aims to satisfy the curiosity of the most demanding wine tourist… With the Masi Wine Experience, a journey through the various elements of wine tourism becomes an opportunity for knowledge, in-depth exploration and relaxation.” This is joined by the prestigious title of Winery of the Year 2018 from the Gambero Rosso guide.

The Chapel Hill Winery tourism experience is one that is about so much more than wine - it’s about history, place, community and most importantly, making memories and building relationships.

Chapel Hill Winery Cellar Door is located 10 minutes drive north of the McLaren Vale township, approximately 45 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. Tastings are available 7 days 11am-5pm.

Chapel Hill Winery is the 2018 regional winner of the ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Award in the Architecture & Landscape category.

 

The Napa River Inn has been named one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is a Forbes Four Star hotel. This locally owned and operated inn has 66 rooms spread between three diverse buildings along the waterfront. The rooms offer the historical charms of the past and blend with the modern-day amenities of today. It’s no surprise that the Inn won a 2018 ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for Accommodation from the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

In the Domhof in Guntersblum in Rheinhessen they serve crisp Riesling and heavenly food among lots of historic tales on the side. In 2010 they won their first Best of Wine Tourism Award for that, now they topped it with the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2018 for accommodation. "There were just not enough beds for our guests", Chris says, thus, in 2016 they built on the site of the old bottle barn a small hotel which mimics the architecture of the neighbouring houses.

Phifer Pavitt Winery is one of the few Green Certified Wineries in the county of Napa. Phifer Pavitt Winey has crafted a unique and world-class environmentally friendly winery creating world class Cabernet. With every inch of the winery reclaimed, from hog wire chandeliers to Wyoming Snow Fence, this winery focuses on making sure our commitment to mother nature stands out. With a hospitality adage of, "Enter as Strangers, leave as Friends," Phifer Pavitt Winery is a place you'll never forget. The winery was recently given a ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for sustainability by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

Glass has been essential to the preservation of wine over many centuries and continues to sustain the industry today. Thus it is quite fitting that last year’s Great Wine Capital’s ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Award winner in Sustainability in Mendoza was Verallia, one of the world’s largest glass bottle producers.

The guests are met at the mill's weir, bench, chair and flowers are carefully and romantically arranged underneath the small roof. A path winds down to the entrance of the former flour mill, a small door within allows the view into the grinding station. "You could bring the mill back to work, that wouldn't even be difficult", Eva Eppard says. The young woman runs one of the best restaurants of the region in the old mill. "Eppard in the 100 Guldennmühle" sets a unique pace in terms of regional cooking and sustainability – and won her a  ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award from the Great Wine Capitals for sustainability in 2017.

Seppeltsfield won the international award for the Best in Wine Tourism Services category in Porto, Portugal on 10 November 2016.  Seppeltsfield Proprietor and Managing Director Warren Randall said "This award signals a completed transition of Seppeltsfield from a staid - albeit it historic - wine property, to a dynamic and multi-experiential destination, where wine, regional food and art are equally celebrated and promoted. The Barossa and South Australia can be proud of a now internationally – benchmarked tourism asset. It’s now time to promote this achievement and capitalise on any visitation potential."

The highlight of any dining experience at the Abrasado restaurant at Bodega Los Toneles is the steak. It stole the show as the main course - tender, full of flavour and cooked a perfect pink (or however you like it). The plate was scattered with local aromatics which added a depth to the flavour and complimented the slight smokiness from the grill. This steak alone was reason enough for Abrasado to win the Great Wine Capitals Best Restaurant in Mendoza award.

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